In the United States, type 2 diabetes has a big impact on Mexican-American families. Researchers from Sansum Diabetes Research Institute recently looked at body shape for women and men enrolled in their Mil Familias and Farming for Life research studies. For this study, 218 adults were compared by body shape (the medical term is “body habitus”). This is important as certain body shapes are associated with diabetes and cardiovascular disease. They found that compared to men, Mexican-American women were more overweight, carried more body fat and had a larger waist size. The researchers also found that being food insecure seemed to be associated with less well controlled diabetes. These results suggest that more preventative work needs to be tailored for Mexican-American women to prevent type 2 diabetes and the serious complications associated with it.


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